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Generosity, All matters relating to exchanges, including contracts, Love, Marriage and sexual Union

Gebo is the rune of giving to others and the union of mutual giving, whether in sexuality and love or formally in marriage It can also be beneficence from a higher source, whether bounty or knowledge and insight and even the exchange of favours or information. In the Norse traditions a gift required one in return so there is always the question about whether one is giving too much in a situation whether emotionally, practically or materially. This rune is not mentioned in the Old Norse or Icelandic rune poems, but the Anglo-Saxon poem talks of the blessings of giving and also of receiving if one is in need, a Christianised version.

However there is the sense that giving must be mutual to others even those closest and that giving too much as well as too little can be destructive.